Tech-Ed developers Barcelona: Monday
It seems that today, there is a new set of regulations regarding the transport of liquids and gels in hand luggage.
After being asked whether I had possibly nasal spray, shaving cream or beverages on me for the 5th time I was allowed to check in. Then I discovered that I also was not allowed to take any non-essential medication in my hand luggage.
Quite what lethal mixture I could made by grinding my nurofen, motilium and ercefuryl together I don’t know, but this is apparently a dangerous thing to do.
Good thing that terrorists are not clever enough to make sure they carry a prescription for whatever medication they are going to use to make high explosives.
While I was waiting at the gate I discovered a jar of Vicks Vaporub in my laptop bag that I had forgotten about. Luckily it failed to explode in mid-flight. At least we would have gone down with the smell of pine in our noses.
The flight itself was uneventful, as could be expected and hoped for of course.
Some beautiful ladies from the Microsoft event crew were waiting for me at the arrivals gate, and I was soon put on a shuttle bus that brought me to the convention centre.
At the registration I received a nice looking laptop bag with some folders, a couple of DVDs and a t-shirt in it. The bag itself is a high quality item so that will come in handy as well. Take that, National Instruments with your grocery store plastic bag J
I did not register for the pre-conference sessions because I only arrived at 15.00, so there was little point in spending 200 $ for the 1 remaining session.
After some directions from the very friendly stewardesses I was able to find my way to the tram station. I got off the tram near Glories, which is some sort of monumental building project.
By now I should mention that I travel alone on this occasion, and my sense of direction is extremely bad. If there would be a world championship in the category ‘getting lost’ I would not even turn up.
After some confusion and the help from a couple of friendly passers-by, I was able to find the hotel. I could have gotten there a bit earlier, if not for the fact that I took the long way around.
Microsoft had rented a tapas bar for the occasion, close to the convention centre.
The food was good, and the company was great. I was sitting next to a Sharepoint MVP called Joris, and MS Developer Evangelist David Boschmans.
Being who we are, the conversation centered mostly around developer topics, and Microsoft in general.
Anyhow, back to the hotel at 22:30. trying to get some sleep after a tiring day.